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CIRCULAR ECONOMY SUCCESS: FINLAND’S RECYCLING PROGRAMME KEEPS BOTTLES AND CANS OFF THE STREETS We see how Finland’s deposit system for bottles and cans achieves a recycling rate of more than 90 percent, and how city administrators and event organisers supplement the system with their own resourceful programmes. Finland’s system for returning beverage containers started

Truth is the First Casualty of Global Warming by Bjørn Lomborg – Project Syndicate The truth about climate change is nuanced: it is real, and in the long term it will be a problem, but its impact is less than we might believe. And yet we are too eager to believe the problem is far worse than science shows. Climate change seems to freeze our capacity for critical

Landmark UN Climate Change Report: Act Now To Avoid Climate Catastrophe | IFLScience The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has unleashed their Special Report on the impact of global warming reaching 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. “This IPCC report is set to outline a rescue plan for humanity,” “1.5°C is the new 2°C,” If we stick to Paris Climate Agreement commitments, we could still see a global

New Solar Cell “Most Efficient Ever” For the first time, scientists have produced a photovoltaic (PV) cell with a conversion efficiency of 40.7 percent, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reported. The breakthrough cell was developed using a structure called a “multi-junction solar cell.” The technology may allow for lower PV system installation costs ($3 per watt) and lower electricity

WHO: Finland has the world’s cleanest air | Finland’s air quality is better than that of any other country on earth, according to statistics from the World Health Organisation published by the Finnish Meteorological Institute. Monitoring stations suggest that there are some 6 microgrammes of small particles per cubic metre of air in Finland, the lowest figure recorded worldwide.

Earth Day Today: Over 95 Percent Of The World Is Breathing Unsafe Air | IFLScience Seven billion people, over 95 percent of the world’s population, are breathing air that contains unhealthy levels of pollution. 60 percent of the world is living in areas that don’t even meet the most basic standards of air quality. The findings come from the State of Global Air 2018 (PDF), an annual assessment by

Five key considerations for east-west solar design | PV Tech Around the world solar developers are turning array designs on their head and choosing to go east-west instead of south- or north-facing like their traditional cousins. While east-west solar arrays may have a reduced total output, the value of the electricity they produce is inherently higher in most markets – They are generating more

First sustainable Lego pieces to go on sale | Life and style | The Guardian The first Lego pieces made from plant-based plastic sourced go on sale this year, the company has announced. Production has begun on a range of Lego botanical elements or pieces such as leaves, bushes and trees, made entirely from polyethylene (made with ethanol extracted from sugar cane material). They will start appearing in Lego

Debunking The Unscientific Fantasy Of 100% Renewables Mark Jacobson of Stanford said America could easily become 100% renewable by mid-century. Jacobson published a paper in 2015 that claimed we could get rid of all other energy sources except wind and solar, and a tiny bit of other renewables, by 2050, and that it would be easier and cheaper than any other alternative mix. Jacobson’s paper

Fuel Cells Poised to Replace India’s Diesel Generators – IEEE Spectrum Diesel generators are widely used for decentralized power generation. These generators, although inexpensive, are inefficient and pose great environmental and health risks. Scientists are investigating cleaner, cost-effective, and more dependable technology for powering telecom towers and eventually buildings. A promising answer to the cost and pollution conundrum can be found in proton exchange membrane fuel